Händel, Georg Friedrich
Alexander's Feast K. 591
Cantata in two parts
in the arrangement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Edition no.
BA 4527-90
ISMN
9790006542949
Volume / Series
BÄRENREITER URTEXT
Editor
Holschneider, Andreas
Arranger
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus / Ameln, Konrad / Wissemann, Antje
Language(s) of work
German
Language(s) of text
German, English
Product format
Vocal score, Urtext edition
Binding
Paperback
Pages / Format
VIII, 125 S. - 27,0 x 19,0 cm
In 1736 Handel composed “Alexander’s Feast” or “The Power of Musick”, a two-part cantata based on John Dryden’s poem of the same name.
In 1790, at the suggestion of Baron Gottfried van Swieten, Mozart arranged this work using a German translation of the poem made by Karl Wilhelm Ramler in 1770. As in other arrangements of Handelian works, Mozart’s re-instrumentation leads to a change in the sound character of the work, placing the composition in the tradition of the Viennese Classic.

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